Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

2009 Highlights

Sometimes revisiting the past can be really helpful, especially when planning the current year's garden. I was looking through some '09 pictures and thought I'd share some of my favorites. I'm glad I keep each season's photos on a disc. I am starting my 5th year gardening in this location. Though I am not where I want to be with this garden, I sure have come a long way!
This is an old cement block spring house that was our first project- even before the house was built! Glen needed something to do so he put a tin roof on it and we painted it. Of course I made it mine and dolled it up.
Just an overview of the garden- a big contrast from my prior post huh?

I love the pathway Glen poured for me from the quickrete form we bought. The flamingoes are standing beside my pond which is fed by a natural spring. I love my glass squirrels, they are a yard sale find and are like the ones my mom had when I was growing up.

I love my iris -they were my mother's and remind me of easter with the pastels. I love repurposing old things for the garden (hence the tire planter)


  1. I sometimes wish the squirrels in our yard were made of glass. Destructive creatures, sometimes. How nice that you have your mother's iris in your garden. I have ferns from my mom's yard.


  2. Your garden is a delight !
    The Iris are gorgeous, I too like all the pastel colors, mine are two colors of purple, and yellow ones, I've been told they are of an antique variety, they have been in the family for at least fifty years.
    I'm getting itchy fingers, and can't wait to dig in the soil.
    Love the thought of keeping the seasons on disc, so you can compare .

  3. Jennifer, your garden is filled with wonderful colors and variety. I especially like the red-tinned roof little house. It all looks like a place that would inspire some wonderful adventures stories.

  4. OMG haven't seen one of those tire planters in years. Made me laugh as my mother used to have one full of strawberries : ) Pics makes you want to get out there and garden.

  5. Big fan of Philips page .... I followed his link over to your fabulous page!

    Happy Blogging and I look forward to following you during the planting season.

  6. Canned quilter- I love my tire planters although they are like wrestling a bear to turn them inside out! It's like childbirth and I have forgotten their pain so I'm ready to make a few more LOL! I have 2...one painted bright pink and one purple one. I love that they are using recycled things, are indestructable and BIG.
    George- the barn potting shed is prefab because I couldn't get Glen to understand the salvage material concept for building a potting shed. So I went with the barn theme (we got an awesome deal on it which helped the idea) and it fits right in!
    Bren-thanks! I am so grateful to Phillip for his intro!
    Brit/Donna- I have many plants that remind me of friends and family. I had never had good luck with iris and thought these wouldn't bloom...and it did take 2 full years but when they did it was like mom visiting me (she's been gone 6 years). I especially treasure the plants from her that remind me of my childhood. Brit, I am like you in loving all things vintage that have a "story."